Preview: Wisconsin vs. No.25 Illinois

Hoping to avoid its first four game Big Ten losing streak in 11 seasons, Wisconsin finishes the second leg of its back-to-back road games by venturing to Champaign to take on Illinois.

Wisconsin (12-6, 3-3 Big Ten) vs. No.25 Illinois (16-3, 4-2 Big Ten)

Date/Time - Saturday, Jan. 24 at 3:00 p.m. Central

Arena – Assembly Hall (16,618)

Television - ESPN (Dave O'Brien and Doris Burke)

Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas)

Series – Illinois Leads 106-73

Last Meeting - Wisconsin won, 61-48, on March 16, 2008 in the Big Ten Tournament championship game in Indianapolis

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Senior Forward, 13.1 ppg - fifth in Big Ten in scoring during league play)

3 Trevon Hughes (Junior Guard, 12.1 ppg - has led UW in scoring in team-high six games)

12 Jason Bohannon (Junior Guard, 11.4 ppg - has scored double figures in 12 of 18 games)

43 Kevin Gullikson (Senior Forward, 0.8 ppg - first career start at Iowa)

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Senior Forward, 8.3 ppg - seven career double doubles)

Off the Bench

11 Jordan Taylor (Freshman Guard, 1.4 ppg - career high 10 points, three assists at Iowa)

24 Tim Jarmusz (Sophomore Forward, 3.2 ppg - registered then season-high in points, minutes against Illinois last season)

30 Jon Leuer (Sophomore Forward, 9.8 ppg - leads Big Ten scoring among non-starters)

33 Robert Wilson (Freshman Forward, 2.1 - has played in all 18 games this season)

52 Keaton Nankivil (Sophomore Forward, 4.4 ppg - six points, three rebounds off the bench Wednesday)

Illinois Probable Starters

1 Trent Meacham (Senior Guard, 11.1 ppg)

3 Chester Frazier (Senior Guard, 5.4 ppg)

24 Mike Davis (Sopomore Forward, 11.1 ppg)

32 Demetri McCamey (Sophomore Guard, 11.8)

54 Mike Tisdale (Sophomore Center, 11.8 ppg)

Off the Bench

13 Jeff Jordan (Sophomore Guard, 1.3 ppg)

23 Dominique Keller (Junior Forward, 5.9 ppg)

25 Calvin Brock (Senior Guard, 5.8 ppg)

33 Alex Legion (Sophomore Guard, 6.1 ppg)

Last Time Out

Despite a three-point buzzer-beater by Jordan Taylor to send the game into overtime, the Badgers were a first-hand witness to Iowa delivering the big shots in extra frame, sending UW to a disappointing 73-69 overtime loss Wednesday night.

In overtime, Wisconsin played without senior Joe Krabbenhoft and sophomore Jon Leuer, both of whom fouled out in regulation, and suffered because of it. The Badgers shot 3-of-9 (33 percent) from the field in the extra frame and scored only nine points, five of which came from the hand of Taylor.

Taylor finished the game with a career-high 10 points while registering three assists and zero turnovers, most of which coming after replacing Hughes after the junior committed his third turnover with 5:05 left in the second half.

On the other hand, Iowa, the conference's second-worst scoring offense at 62.3 points per game, went a perfect 3-for-3 from the field in overtime (including two three pointers) and went 5-of-6 from the free throw line.

Iowa outscored the Badgers 26-8 from the foul line, the third game this season where UW failed to reach double-digit made free throws, in a game that saw 14 ties and seven lead changes.

Series Notes:

This is the 180th meeting between Wisconsin and Illinois in a series that dates back to 1906. Illinois leads the all-time series 66-19 in Champaign, however UW has won the last five meetings between the teams, including all three last season

The Badgers currently own a two-game winning streak at Assembly Hall

UW and Illinois rank 1-2 in the Big Ten in conference victories over the last eight seasons

Wisconsin Notes:

Even with the Badgers' current three-game losing streak RealTimeRPI. com still has the Badgers ranked 23rd in the nation. UW is also No. 2 in terms of strength of schedule in all of college basketball.

Wisconsin is 19-8 (.704) in true road games over the last three seasons, a mark that ranks seventh in the nation over that span.

UW is coming off consecutive overtime losses for the first time in the program's 111 years of college basketball. This also marks the first time the Badgers have played in back-to-back overtime games since splitting games at Michigan and vs. Iowa in 1975.

Wisconsin has played in three OT games this season, owning a 1-2 record in such games. The last time the Badgers played three overtime contests in the same season was 2000-01 (going 2-1).

Wisconsin is tied for the Big Ten lead and ranks sixth in the nation with an average of just 10.9 turnovers per game. During Big Ten play, the Badgers average only 9.7 per game. Wisconsin has turned the ball over 10 or fewer times in 12 games this year, and owns a 23-3 record when committing 10 or fewer turnovers over the last two seasons.

Illinois Notes:

After opening league play with two road games, Illinois is now concluding a stretch of having four out of five games at home. The run began with Illinois' win over Indiana (Jan. 10) and continued with the victory over Michigan (Jan. 14). Following last Saturday's loss at Michigan State, the Illini returned to the Assembly Hall to defeat Ohio State on Tuesday and hosts Wisconsin on Saturday.

Illinois has won 20 of its last 24 games dating back to the end of last season.

Illinois leads the Big Ten and is 25th in the NCAA?in field goal percentage, shooting 47.9 percent on the year.

Illinois leads the Big Ten and ranks fifth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 56.6 ppg.

Illinois ranks second in the conference and 29th in the NCAA in scoring margin at +13.4 ppg.

Illinois has trailed at halftime in only one game this season -- vs. Michigan on Jan. 14 -- and that deficit was only one point.


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